Young marksmen hit target at county show

DRAWING A BEAD – Carson Sivells of Fredericksburg takes careful aim at a target at Saturday’s annual Gillespie County 4-H BB Gun Competition, held at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds Show Barn. The top 21 shooters earned the right to compete at the state contest, set for March 8 at the Blanco County Fair Grounds in Johnson City. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Twenty-one youth will be advancing to state competition after earning high marks at the Gillespie County 4-H BB Gun Competition on Saturday.

Sixty-three shooters in the first grade through 15 years of age took part in the contest held in the Show Barn at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

Competing in the contest were eight-year-olds in the third grade and up.

First and second graders are not eligible to compete, only participate.

One of the highlights of the awards program on Saturday afternoon was the presentation of the Houston Brown Memorial Award to 12-year-old Jaci Spies.

The Houston Brown Award is given to the top scoring individual based on both shooting and test scores.

Spies finished the contest with 485 points.

Three individuals were presented the Top Gun Award, which is based only on shooting scores.

Spies was also recognized as the top shooter followed by Jaleigh Brown in second and Jacob Brown in third.

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